Monday the Missouri Western women’s basketball team kicked off their preseason play against the University of Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Missouri. The Griffons ended up losing the game 48-70. With this game being an exhibition match, it was a good opportunity for the Griffons to see how their hard work has been paying off, while also still seeing what needs to be worked on.
The Tigers found themselves getting out to an early lead against the Griffons, ending the first quarter on a 18-0 run. Seniors Cera Ledbetter and Mellia Richardson were the first to put up points for the Griffons and continued to dominate the paint throughout the game
“With it being our first game we had to get the first game jitters out in the first quarter, but eventually began to settle in.” Ledbetter said. “For it to be our first game against good competition, I think we competed good. We have a lot to work on, but I’m proud of how my team competed”
The Griffons’ offense continued to struggle in the second quarter as they got out scored 9-17, which led to them ending the half trailing 16-42. Junior Katrina Roenfeldt had a good game dropping 16 points, hitting five threes with one of those coming late in the second quarter which the Griffons desperately needed.
“We just have to continue to play as a team and play our game in the future regardless of how down we are.” Roenfeldt said. “It’s our first game playing together. We have to get adjusted to playing with each other and know what we’re all comfortable with doing on the court.”
The Griffons closed the half shooting 7-29 from the field and 2-10 from downtown.
Beginning the second half, the Griffons came out with a different energy as their offensive and defensive play improved dramatically. Roenfeldt continued to do her job on offense, picking up two more threes in the third quarter and adding three steals as well. Richardson and Ledbetter continued to dominate in the paint on offensive, both ending the game with nine points a piece and seven rebounds. The Griffons closed the half outscoring the Tigers 14-8, but it still wasn’t enough to come out with the win.
It’s still early to try and determine how the womens basketball season will go based off this one game. Though they struggled against the tougher opponent, the Griffons know they have plenty of time to correct their mistakes and improve their game before the actual season starts. Their next game is against Upper Iowa University on Friday, Nov. 9 in Hays, Kansas.